Men’s health with a NEW twist…

The Southern Illinois Men’s Health Conference is taking on a new form!

This year the conference has evolved into a Men’s Expo with all the great health information and screenings as before but at a new location and with more fun activities. Take the day at your own pace…show up for health screenings and breakfast in the morning, listen to health professionals answer your questions, and enjoy a few of the live interactive demonstrations. ~ Kevin Hunsperger

SI Men's Expo Schedule of Events

Time Event
7:00 AM - 1:00 PMHealth Screenings & Interactive Exhibits
7:00 AM - 8:30 AMFasting Blood Screening
7:00 AM - 9:00 AMBreakfast
7:30 AM - 8:30 AMPanel Discussion with Heath Professionals/Q&A
9:00 AM - 11:00 AMDr. Dan the Pancake Man – have your face or the face of a public figure immortalized in pancake batter.
9:30 AM – 11:30 PMDoctor Is In – one-on-one sessions with a southern Illinois doctor
9:30 AM- Dr. Arnold, Urologist
10:00 AM- Dr. Postigo, Infectious Disease
10:30 AM- Dr. Bhattacharya, Colon & Rectal Surgeon
11:00 AM- Dr. Pestka, Family Medicine
11:30 AM- Dr. Hays, Family Medicine
10:00 AMBeard & Mustache Contest
11:00 AMSalsa Dancing Demonstration
11:30 AM - 12:30 PMGrillin' Guru Dale McGee of McGee’s Hickory Hawg-Grilling Demonstration
12:30 AMRaffle Drawings

Bacon- Food

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. There are plenty of reasons why it’s important to start your morning with something to eat. Having a stomach full of food is good for your energy levels. It will also prevent you from overeating later in the day. Experts say you should balance breakfast with a combine of good carbohydrates, fiber and protein. Oatmeal is a good option, but shop wisely. Look for the heart-shaped seal on the box. That means the oats contain beta-glucan, a type of fiber that can help lower cholesterol when eaten regularly. Oats are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, folate and potassium. Top your oats with fresh fruit. Berries are a great idea because most are rich in antioxidants. Bananas have plenty of potassium. A handful of chopped nuts, honey or milk also make healthy toppings. When looking for protein, the traditional bacon and eggs can help. Eggs are also rich in vitamin A. According to the USDA, two large eggs and three slices of bacon provide about 22 grams of dietary protein. The recommended daily allowance for protein is 46 grams. So you could be almost halfway there with just one meal. As you’ve probably read recently there are drawbacks to this breakfast favorite as well. Bacon is loaded with sodium and saturated fat. That can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure and even cancer. Keep your sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams each day. Do your homework and read those food labels. You can learn more about food choices at the Southern Illinois Men’s Expo coming to Black Diamond Harley-Davidson Entertainment Center on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

Bowties- Fashion

“Every girl crazy ‘bout a sharp dressed man,” ZZ Top circa 1983. You may not put a lot of thought in your threads, but people do take notice at how you look. Whether you’re looking for love or just want to dress to impress, here are a few tips from fashion experts. First and foremost, make sure your clothes fit impeccably. Most guys wear clothes that are too big. Make sure everything is almost hugging the shape of your body without being tight. Don’t overdo it with accessories. Yes, it’s cool to wear accessories. Avoid wearing more than three pieces of jewelry or more than three colors. Also, don’t forget about your shoes. Many men overlook them, but women will notice. They especially keep an eye out for clean and sharp looking shoes. Keep them in tip top shape at all times. Going causal is fine too. But ditch the t-shirts with logos. You look like a walking billboard. Instead, experts recommend a classic v-neck tee or something with an artsy look. There are plenty of websites with these designs in mind. Keep the humor clean. You can learn more tips on stylin’ and profiln’ at the Southern Illinois Men’s Expo coming to Black Diamond Harley-Davidson Entertainment Center on Saturday, February 27, 2016.


Building a better body doesn’t start in the gym. It starts in the kitchen. Once you’ve mastered a clean diet, it’s time to set some fitness goals. One of the most important things to remember is keep it realistic. Chances are you’re not going to have those washboard abs, pristine pecs and bulging biceps like the guys in the fitness magazines. But there are some basic things you can do to get into better shape, look good and more importantly feel better. No matter your choice of exercise, make sure your form is correct. If you’re unsure, ask someone at the gym who does know. Not a gym member? Check out videos online by people who know what they’re doing. A few more tips, don’t work your ab muscles every day. Experts say train them two or three days a week. Put your tongue on the roof of your mouth when doing crunches. That will help align your head and prevent neck strain. Finally keep your muscles limber. Men under 40 should hold stretches for 30 seconds. Do it for a minute if you’re over 40. That’s because your muscles become less pliable with age and need to be stretched longer. Before starting any fitness plan, it’s a good idea to get approval from your doctor. Know your limits and don’t over do it. We’ll have more tips on working out at the Southern Illinois Men’s Expo coming to Black Diamond Harley-Davidson Entertainment Center on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

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